Otunola Bernard, boxing promoter and matchmaker, has said that he was involved in promoting boxing not only because of his passion for it but that boxing lacked corporate sponship in Nigeria.
Otunola, founder of UnBoxx Sports and Co-Founder CornerWise Entertainment, told the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Lagos that his passion was to contribute his quota by taking boxing to the next level.
“Taking boxing in Nigeria to the next level is not a hard job to do, but everything depends solely on how cooperative the people involved in the business are.
“There are so many Nigerian talented combat sports athletes but they lack the platform to showcase their talents or won’t be selected to represent a state due to politics.
“We have few female boxers, very good ones but they can’t move forward because no platform to do so and no proper training facilities.
“We want to break the odds and push for the best way forward, and to do this we need each other as no man is an island,“ the Co-Founder of Lasgidi Fight Night said.
He said that they only had two functional boxing promotion companies in MMA, but without considering that they have to move from this level to the next, they want to raise the bar.
He noted that all hands must be on deck for the success of the upcoming boxing event which will be held on Sept. 20 at the Jalisco Gym, Bolade-Oshodi in Lagos.
Otunola said that they were mentally and physically prepared for it, while also noting that one of the challenging part in boxing in Nigeria was the fact that the sport lacked corporate sponsorship.
“Government can start by passing it into law that corporate bodies should find a way to partner with boxing promoters to take boxing in Nigeria to the next level.
“When this is done more sports lovers will rise up to play a big role in shouldering the development of the sports,” he said.
(Edited By Adeboye Ajayi/Peter Ejiofor) https://nnn.ng/im-promotin-g-boxing-because-of-my-passion-otunola/
Flykite announces postponement of GOtv Boxing Night 21
Flykite Productions, the organisers of GOtv Boxing Night, on Wednesday announced its decision to postpone the 21st edition of the event (GOtv Boxing Night 21).
The show, scheduled to hold on April 2 at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, will now hold at a date to be announced later.
The decision to postpone the event was informed by concerns related to the raging COVID-19 Pandemic.
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Peter Dada
Factbox: Sports events affected due to coronavirus epidemic
The following is a list of international sports events affected by the coronavirus.
It has killed over 1,000 people and infected more than 42,000 in China after it first emerged in Wuhan, Hubei province, late last year:
* The World Athletics Indoor Championships, which had been scheduled for Nanjing from March 13 to March 15, were postponed until next year.
World Athletics is working with organisers to settle on a date to host the biennial event in 2021.
* The Asian Athletics Association cancelled its Wednesday to Thursday indoor championships in Hangzhou.
* Asian Champions League matches involving Chinese clubs Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG have been postponed.
Guangzhou and the Shanghai clubs will join the competition in April, with their group matches due to be played in May.
Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG were due to play away at Perth Glory and Sydney FC but Australian officials sought to reschedule the matches.
This was after their government imposed a travel ban on foreign nationals arriving from China.
* A four-team women’s Olympic qualifying tournament involving China, Australia, Taiwan and Thailand was moved from Wuhan and rearranged to be held in Australia by the AFC.
* Vietnam’s government said it would not allow the country to host sports events in February.
This means home AFC Cup group stage matches for Ho Chi Minh City and Than Quang Ninh will have to be switched to away fixtures.
Ho Chi Minh City will now face Yangon United in Myanmar on Tuesday while Than Quang Ninh meet Ceres Negros on Feb. 25 in the Philippines.
* The Chinese Football Association said domestic games at all levels would be postponed.
* The all-electric Formula E motor racing series abandoned plans for a race in Sanya on March 21.
The move puts Formula One in the spotlight, with Shanghai due to host the Chinese Grand Prix on April 19.
* The International Tennis Federation moved the Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Group I event featuring China, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea and Uzbekistan out of Dongguan to Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana) in Kazakhstan.
But the Feb. 4 to Feb. 8 event was later postponed after Kazakhstan declined to serve as substitute hosts.
* The Feb. 25 to March 1 China Masters tournament in Hainan was postponed after several players withdrew.
The BWF said it hoped the flagship Badminton Asia Championships could still go ahead in Wuhan from April 21 to April 26.
* China and Hong Kong were forced to withdraw from the Badminton Asia Team Championships in Manila which holds from Tuesday to Sunday, organisers said.
* The International Olympic Committee announced Jordan as hosts of the boxing qualifiers for Asia and Oceania after an event in Wuhan was cancelled.
It will now take place in Amman from March 3 to March 11.
* The International Basketball Federation moved the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers held in Foshan from last Thursday to Sunday to Belgrade.
* The FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualifying match between China and Malaysia, to be held in Foshan on Feb. 24, will be rescheduled.
* The elite women’s LPGA golf tour cancelled the March 5 to March 8 Blue Bay tournament to be held on Hainan.
The tour also cancelled the Honda LPGA Thailand event in Pattaya scheduled for Feb. 20 to Feb. 23 and the Feb. 27 to March 1 HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore.
* The PGA Tour Series-China moved its Feb. 25 to Feb. 28 global qualifying tournament to Lagoi, Indonesia, from Haikou.
* Hockey Pro League matches between China and Australia, scheduled for March 14 and March 15 in Changzhou, will not be played.
Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
Dabiri-Erewa hails Anthony Joshua’s boxing victory
Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has congratulated Nigerian-born boxer, Anthony Joshua, for defeating his opponent Andy Ruiz Jr in World Heavyweight Boxing fight in Saudi Arabia on Dec.7.
In a statement signed and released by NIDCOM’s Head, Media and Public Relations, Mr Abdur-Rahman Balogun on Sunday, Dabiri-Erewa said the win made the Nigerian-born boxer thus reclaiming his World Heavyweight titles.
She said the victory over the Mexican was not only a thing of pride to Nigerians, but to Africa as a whole.
“NIDCOM congratulates Joshua on the wonderful feat, for winning the tensed but historical fight.
“NIDCOM is truly proud of you, the commission wished you, to continue to use your professional prowess to extol the virtues of Nigerian heritage,
“Your shinning beacon serves as inspiration to the youth of Nigeria,” the commission’s CEO said.
She said Joshua’s victory was also a testimony to the fact that Nigerians were great people.
“Nigerians contribute in many ways to the development of the country and the continent as a whole.
“ NIDCOM notes with satisfaction that, in spite of the challenges being faced by Anthony in his career, he has remained determined, focused, stayed clear of criminality and depression,’’ she said
NIDCOM described Joshua as a two-time world heavyweight champion with unanimous points of 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 victory over Ruiz Jr in a tense rematch in Saudi Arabia.
According to her, Joshua cut his opponent in round one and dominated the fight throughout.
“Joshua, 30, was born in Watford to Yoruba parents from Southwest Nigeria and made his professional debut together in 2013,” she said.
Edited & Vetted By: Chioma Ugboma/Tukur Muntari.
Federation President seeks private companies’ sponsorship for boxing
The President of Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF), Kenneth Minimah, has urged private companies to support three tiers of government in promoting and sponsoring of boxing competitions and boxing tournaments in Nigeria.
Minimah made the plea on Friday at a news conference to herald the Season One Seminar of the Nigeria Series Boxing (NBS) at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
According to him, it’s being difficult engaging corporate firms in the sponsorship of sports like boxing.
“Some says it is hazardous and violent sport and that they would rather put their money into sports that are entertaining and non-violent.
“Boxing is beautiful, every other sports has its own hazards too, not just boxing; but with these experiences when we come on board, I am sure corporate firms will want to engage in it.
“All our sponsors are inclined toward the one sports, everybody wants to sponsor that sports.
“Little attention is given to boxing; in the past, the great boxers were employed, now these boxers are not gainfully employed,” he said.
Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye